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Welcome to Day 11 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win 2 Seam Allowance Guides, one for you and a friend, and a $200 Tessuti Fabric Voucher from seamallowanceguide.com! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Monday, December 12th to be entered to win!

The most time consuming and annoying part of sewing is adding a seam allowance to all your pattern pieces. No longer do you have to measure and trace around each individual piece, the Seam Allowance Guide will do that for you while you cut out your fabric. Now you can spend more time on the fun stuff.

Perfect for:
Burda Style Magazine Patterns
Japanese Pattern books
Marfy Patterns
Copying your own clothes
Designers creating patterns from scratch
Altering patterns
Left or right handed scissors
Picking up pins!

Comment to Win: What annoying sewing problem do you wish there was a solution for?


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[Update 12/21/11] – Congratulations to member Podbod18 for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 11!


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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.38 PMby mommybear

    Machine thread tension is a real pain in the whatever.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.38 PMby Michalgsaw

    I wish there was a way for sewing patterns to automatically fit without alterations. The fitting process is so time consuming…

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.36 PMby inaida

    I HATE when the thread gets out of the needle…I don’t know if it’s the thread..or the settings of my machine…but it annoys me to die!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.33 PMby Ginger Cloud

    I recently discovered the world of micro-crafts and love giving my tiny creations to family and friends. They are smaller than your palm and appear simple to make due to their size. Cutting, sewing, and embellishing with cute little odds and ends is simple enough but turning the little pieces right side out to get ready for stuffing is a task like no other, its literally the “biggest” obstacle Ive encountered when creating my 1 1/2 by 2 inch stuffed owls or other woodland creatures. Ive tried the standard tools for turning garments but they are all much too large. I would love a sewing machine that could sew the inside of a piece from the outside. Here’s to wishful dreaming!!

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      Dec 11, 2011, 10.07 PMby blulagoo

      What about trying knitting needles – the plastic sort shouldn’t pierce through the fabric. Good luck!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.30 PMby wildcatspow

    I wish there was a way to magically line up fabric on grain for perfect cutting every time! I hate fiddling with the fabric and trying to get it straight. :(

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.29 PMby joellevandyne

    Sewing patterns with too many errors for this beginner to understand them!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.28 PMby Linda Thompson

    My hugest sewing problem…all the nasty little threads that fall on the floor, and spin a nest in the rollers of my chair—can you tell, I positively hate to sweep in my little nook of the world! Worse, is the lint under the bobbin case. Wish there was a quicker way to get in there than screwing and unscrewing so many screws. I know the screws are there to prevent us from getting in there…But really, how can we go to the repair man every two or three days when sewing flannels, fleeces and other marvelous wintery items.

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      Dec 11, 2011, 10.07 PMby blulagoo

      I just hang a carrier bag on the chair next to me – just plonk them in as you go along – much easier than a big clean up at the end.
      As for the lint, my machine came with a little brush that just sweeps them all out.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.28 PMby wanderingmuse

    As luck would have it, the annoying sewing issue I wish there was a solution for is tracing the seam allowance onto patterns! These seam allowance guides will save me so much time!! The patterns are easier for me to make adjustments to without seam allowances on them, so I prefer to draw them straight on my fabric before I cut it.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.27 PMby marmota-b

    I agree with ahearta on pinning. Not just for fine fabrics but also, for example, corners when bias binding – it’s hard to make it lie perfectly with just pins!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.27 PMby emmens74

    A solution to running out of bobbin thread and not noticing for a while! If my machine would beep at me before it gets too low that would be great.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.26 PMby autumnrain45

    A faster or alternative way to pin. Yes, it’s necessary, but it takes forever!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.25 PMby flowergirl3

    The annoying sewing problem I have now is not having enough free time to sew all the things I want to. So many garments to finish, just waiting to be worn. I’m also having a difficult time upcycling old knit-fabric garments and an overlock serger machinge woudl solve so many problems.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.24 PMby ahearta

    I wish there was something that would help minimize pinning. Sometimes fabrics just seem to be too delicate for even the finest pins, yet I don’t want to misalign the seams. Maybe fabric clips?

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.23 PMby Mandy A

    wish there is a one step drawstring threader! LOL

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.21 PMby mglasson

    My problem is going into fabric stores like the Melbourne Tessuti and picking out +20 bolts that I love, but then need to whittle down to a meagre two or three for purchase… I’m sure that if I had more time in a day, I could get through all my projects quicker to then go out and buy more of the fabric I love! On a more technical issue, transferring markings is always so teadious too- darts and pleats, although needed, are the bane of my pattern tracing…

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.21 PMby Seeks Corey

    Finding enough time to work on projects.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.20 PMby Nicole Kendra

    Button holes… I wish I could make all my button holes on my shirt look the same. They always seem to vary in length. My shirts would look so nice, oh well, one day…

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      Dec 11, 2011, 08.44 PMby lisa g

      there is a sliding buttonhole presser foot. mine has little markings on the side so i can stop at the same place every time. works like a charm! :)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.18 PMby Christianne DeHart

    Figuring out how to make my dress form look more like me. I am longer waisted..

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.17 PMby Cynthia Froman

    I wish spaghetti straps made themselves, I love them in RTW but won’t touch them in my home sewing.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.16 PMby Redsonia

    Trying to figure out the correct needle number, type of thread and machine tension for every projects.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.16 PMby mcgjean

    I wish there were an easier way to cut out and sew on sheer slippery fabrics.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.15 PMby SewWhatever

    Pattern adjustments. There’s always a few adjustments I will get wrong. :-(

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.15 PMby raving

    Tracing magazine patterns, it’s takes such effort and I’m always sure that I’ll nudge the paper and the whole thing will be all wrong.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.11 PMby lesthor

    Hemming! I hate having that be the last step, because I’m always so afraid it will go wonky. I always have to pin and re-pin, and one piece always ends up longer than the other for some reason.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.11 PMby Mikgirl

    Just like another person, I wish the patterns come in wider range… Some of Burda magazines plus size patterns are so pretty… But I’m petite. :(. Why not make all the styles available in all sizes?

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.10 PMby latulipenoire

    I wish there was a fix for raw fraying edges that didn’t involve tons of pinking.

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      Dec 11, 2011, 10.10 PMby blulagoo

      Super glue or fabric glue dotted on will stop fraying and is quite wash resistant

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.08 PMby boydagoyl

    Preventing knit fabrics from stretching while sewing!

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      Dec 11, 2011, 08.12 PMby Nicole Kendra

      I use painters tape, comes off easy and keeps the fabric from stretching.

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